McCain Derangement Syndrome? Get Real.

| January 30, 2008 | 5 Replies

I was going to write a defense to Roger L. Simon’s post wherein he accuses folks like me of having “McCain Derangement Syndrome”. I think that comparing folks who think John McCain would make a horrible president to folks who were so distraught by the 2000 and 2004 elections that they sought professional psychiatric help is silly hyperbole and beneath Simon.

But there’s no need for me to write that post because, again, Jeff Goldstein Karl (blogging at protein wisdom) has beaten me to the punch. He’s covered every base well enough that anything I’d have to say would just amount to jumping up and down with my hand in the air yelling “Me, too! Me, too!”. His conclusion is strong.

On one level, I cannot help but respect McCain for not wanting to change his positions to align himself with the conservative base. It is undoubtedly the same defiant streak that got him through the hell of the Hanoi Hilton. On the other hand, many people wish that he would at least reserve his most harsh, sneering, morally arrogant and childish rhetoric for liberals, Democrats and their subset in the media, rather than for those with whom he purports to agree with most of the time.

Unlike Romney, McCain has built his political fortune on kicking people right of center in the teeth. Neither he nor Simon should be surprised when conservatives, libertarians and classic liberals fail to swoon at McCain’s success to date. Indeed, someone who thinks that is going to happen quickly is probably more deserving of being diagnosed with a “derangement syndrome.”

His strongest point, though, is what he says about McCain’s execrable pet campaign finance law. He is right to say that if McCain had his way, every single blogger would have to resort to happy fluffy puppy posts that don’t come anywhere near mentioning a candidate or talking substantively about any election issue under penalty of law.

Bloggers, more than anyone else, would oppose John McCain because his ideal America is one where your voice is best not heard at all. At least that’s what I’d think. Maybe I’m wrong.

For the second time tonight, read the whole thing.

(CORRECTION: My original post was going to be in defense of myself, not Simon’s post. I swapped a preposition to fix that. Thanks, Dan!)

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